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How to Use DBT Skills with Everyday Clients

Steve Girardeau, PsyD, LP

Event Location:
MHS Education Center
6600 France Ave S
Suite #230
Edina, MN 55435
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6.0 CEs Approved by the Following:
MN Board of Social Work: CEP-452
MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (LPC/LPCC) Log Number: 2019.CE.337
MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (LADC) Log Number: 2019.CE.ADC.120
MN Board of Psychology Log Number: 202012.828

Cost: $129
Order online or by phone: (920) 494-3401 or (800) 895-0071
Registration will close after the first 45 seats fill.

Course Description:

DBT is a manualized therapy for a specific population that includes many chronic and often apparently intractable conditions. It is often forgotten that the skills developed for the many DBT manuals are derived from past CBT interventions, mindfulness practice, and preparation for and the practice of trauma based therapy. These skills are valuable tools that can be effectively applied to clients that do not have the same significant levels of symptoms or who have diagnoses that are not appropriate for DBT skills training groups. This training seeks to demystify the skills of DBT for application with a general therapy practice clientele.

About the Presenter:


Steve Girardeau, PsyD, LP, is the Director of Clinical Services of Mental Health Systems, and has been a part of MHS in one capacity or another since 2003. He is an active member of the Minnesota Psychological Association (MPA) legislative and payer committees, a General Member of the MPA Governing Council, and a member of APA, MPA, and ABCT. Dr. Girardeau was the 2017 president of MPA. He has provided psychological services in residential, community mental health centers, private practice and intensive outpatient settings with a wide variety of at risk and underserved clients. Dr. Girardeau has been a member of numerous mental health advocacy focused advisory groups. He is a national trainer on the subjects of DBT and personality disorders for PESI and has presented at local and regional conferences.


8AM- Registration opens
8:30- Program begins
15 min. mid-morning break
12PM- Lunch hour (on your own)
1PM- Program resumes
15 min. mid-afternoon break
4PM- Program ends

Learning Objectives

1. Identify which clients are appropriate for a general therapy practice and those that need a different type of care
2. Identify at least 10 specific DBT skills that they can teach their non-“DBT” clients
3. Understand what helps make the different DBT skills effective in order to successfully customize them for the needs of their specific clients